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! >> oh, no! ♪ >> bret: two words you've likely heard too many times. "fiscal cliff." the country will officially go over it tonight. congress will miss a midnight deadline. so what now? will washington prevent significant economic fall-out come wednesday? this is "special report." ♪ ♪ good evening. i'm bret baier. when the giant crystal ball makes the last move in times square tonight, 2013 will officially be here. and so will the deadline. for a deal here in washington. politicians self-imposed fiscal cliff. the effort to make the consequences so unattractive for missing that, that both sides would have to come to agreement. at this hour, there is no legislation to vote on yet. there is every indication officially it's over that cliff we go. some things are settled. others are still in flux. that is where it starts to get technical. so let's bring in fox team coverage to straighten it out. chief white house correspondent ed henry looks at messaging and movement from president obama today. first, chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel on what seems to have been settle
with the president and key congressional leaders. >> thank you. if the fiscal cliff can be avoided there is another gigantic hurdle awaiting the lawmakers. >> they will hit the credit limit of $16.4 trillion on december 31. the nation thereafter can't pay the bills unless congress raises the limit. >> with a new congress in january we need to revisit an finally give ourselves the determination to solve not only our short-term debt but the long-term debt. >> they raised the debt limit 11 times in a decade. most recently in august 2011 after a bruising political fight. democrats accuse republicans of using the debt limit as political "leverage" to press for spending cuts. a point they tried to make with a jarring comparison. >> this is somewhat to taking your child hos tam and saying i'll shoot my child if you don't do what i want done. you don't want to shoot your child. no leader wants to default on the debt. >> they said there is breathing room and the treasury department will take extraordinary measures authorized by law. that will create head room under the debt limit. under normal circumstances
coming back into session on thursday. so, perhaps, we will see some movement on the fiscal cliff issue. and when and if that happens, we will be here to report it for you. that's going to do it for this christmas edition of "special report." we really approach you watching. we hope you have a wonderful end to your holiday. we will see you right back here tomorrow. we with a special message from the anchor of this show and his family. >> bret: thanks, doug. merry christmas. it's been a tradition for me to bring my family on and from my family to yours merry christmas and happy new years. here we are again. this is my wife amy. my son paul. and my other son daniel. so here we are. >> we wish you a merry christmas and ha happy, healthy new year. >> paul, if i asked you what the people do in the dome behind me, what would you say? >> nothing. >> nothing? >> that's pretty
to avoid some of the tax parts of the fiscal cliff. it would keep tax cuts for the making $250,000 a year or less, extending unemployment benefit and with the clock ticking delay dramatic spending cuts until next year. >> i asked leaders of congress to work toward the package to prevent tax hike on middle class americans protects unemployment surance for 2 million americans. lays the groundwork for work on growth and deficit reduction. that is an achievable goal. >> today's meeting is the first with the president since november 16. sign for republicans that mr. obama has not really been pushing that hard for a deal. >> we need presidential leadership on in the just taxing rich people. >> three words the president did not use. he did not use the word sequester and he didn't say "debt ceiling" either. he focused most of his remarx on preventing taxes from going up. there are also massive spending cuts coming. no idea how they will avert that. he also did not mention the debt ceiling. earlier they wanted lifting the debt ceiling included. now it's clear it's not in the short-term package tha
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